LSU AgCenter
Go Local
Forever LSU
   Get It Growing
 Home>News Archive>2009>November>Get It Growing>
Mild winter keeps pests around
(Audio 11/30/09) Our mild winters allow insects to be a potential problem all year long. This is a good time to monitor your plants and keep an eye out for pests such as aphids. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Compost leaves for valuable garden material
(Audio 11/30/09) Leaves are valuable in the garden as mulch or compost. Composting doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Use fencing to make your bin and follow these instructions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Many fruit and nut trees prosper in Louisiana
(Audio 11/23/09) Louisiana gardeners can grow a wide variety of fruit. Now is a great time to plant fruit and nut trees to allow time for establishment. Learn more about the many kinds of fruit trees that can be grown successfully in Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Care for summer-flowering bulbs during wintertime
(Audio 11/23/09) Summer-flowering bulbs are native to warm climates, so they thrive in Louisiana due to the long, hot summer. However, these bulbs will usually go dormant during the winter. Learn how to care for these summer-flowering bulbs during wintertime. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Grow amaryllis indoors this winter
(Audio 11/23/09) Even though amaryllis bulbs become available in the fall, this is not the time to plant them in your landscape. Grow these beautiful, massive flowers indoors this winter. Discover more about amaryllis. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Avoid misconceptions when harvesting broccoli
(Audio 11/23/09) Not only is broccoli one of the most nutritious vegetables we can grow, it is also one of the easiest to grow. Gardeners who planted broccoli in September should be seeing some ready to be harvested. Find out what to look for when harvesting broccoli. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winter vegetables can beautify gardens
(Audio 11/23/09) While many vegetables often appear untamed in the garden, many winter vegetables tend to be wonderfully neat and attractive. Add some beauty to your garden by planting ornamental vegetables for the cool season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Horticultural oil sprays control camellia scale
(Audio 11/16/09) The most common pest on camellias is known as tea scale. These insects cause the yellow blotches found on some leaves, and they also can cause the camellia to bloom improperly. Prevent a scale infestation by spraying camellias with horticultural oils. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season bedding plants successful in spring and fall
(Audio 11/16/09) Many gardeners neglect their gardens during the winter, disregarding the wonderful array of cool-season bedding plants available. These flowering plants enjoy chilly weather, but they also will flourish during the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Roses flourish during the fall
(Video 11/16/09) Believe it or not, fall is a great time to plant certain roses. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to look for at the nursery now and where to put these beautiful and durable plants. (Runtime: 1:27)
Plant spring-flowering bulbs during the fall
(Audio 11/16/09) For spring-flowering bulbs to bloom in the spring, they must be planted during the fall. Keep in mind that some spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips and hyacinths, require special preparation. Find out more about how to plant and prepare spring-flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Maintain a green lawn during winter
(Audio 11/16/09) Ryegrass is a wonderful alternative to having a brown lawn this time of the year, and it only requires minimal maintenance. Because it is a temporary cool-season grass, it is possible to over-seed your permanent grass with either perennial or annual ryegrass. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow fresh lettuce in your garden
(Audio 11/16/09) Lettuce is a terrific cool-season vegetable and can be grown this time of the year. Gardeners should consider growing fresh lettuce to provide delicious nutrition in salads. Hear about which types of lettuce grow well in Louisiana gardens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consider growing orchids this season
(Video 11/09/09) The orchid family is one of the largest groups of flowering plants in the world. In this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the two most common types of orchids grown in Louisiana, as well as some tips for their proper care. (Runtime: 1:41)